Case #604
Title: Letter Writing campaign helps halt oil exploration in Costa Rica
Summary: In conjunction with local organizations Accion de Lucha Antipetrolera (ADELA) and the Talamanca Dolphin Foundation, Global Response launched an international letter-writing campaign in March 2001 which helped convince the Costa Rican government to deny exploration rights to a US-based energy company.

On February 28, 2002, the Costa Rican government rejected the Environmental
Impact Studies submitted by Harken Energy Corporation and its partner MKJ
Xplorations for oil exploration and development along the country?s
Caribbean Coast. Coastal communities and a coalition of national and
international environmental organizations are celebrating a tremendous
victory for environmental protection in Costa Rica. The decision reads, in

?Costa Rica should pursue a model of development that takes into
consideration current human needs without compromising the well-being of
future generations?. [Oil development] contrasts with the image of Costa
Rica as a leader in natural resource conservation? it is environmentally
Location: Costa Rica
Action: Environment
Setting: Third World
Extent of Action: Regional (within a country)
Categories: Environment
Year(s): 2001
Outcome successful
Source: Global Response Action #2/01
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Prepared By: rja, 3/02
Rating: 1